Unit 2 Level 5

                                            Unit2       Promote professional development
2.1 Evaluate own knowledge and performance against standards and benchmark.   The expected standards and benchmarks include. The Essential Standards for quality and safety which states you can expect to be cared for by qualified staff:
    • Your health and welfare needs are met by staff whom are properly qualified.
    • You will be looked after by staff whom are well managed and have the chance to develop and improve their skills.
National Occupational Standards (NOS) describe best practice by bringing together skills, knowledge and values. National Occupational Standards are valuable tools to be used as benchmarks for qualifications as well as for defining roles at work, staff recruitment, supervision and appraisal.
Code of Practice for Social Care Workers Social care workers must be accountable for the quality of their work and take responsibility for maintaining and improving their knowledge and skills.
Care Standards Act 2000 (CSA) created a new regulatory framework for all regulated social care and independent health care services. The Act has two fundamental aims, to:
    • protect vulnerable people from abuse and neglect; and
    • promote the highest standards of quality in the care that people receive
The standards and benchmarks you are evaluating your knowledge and performance against are Codes of practice, National Occupational standards and minimum/essential standards etc (See above)   By following your workplace standards you will be ensuring best practice, which is used to maintain quality and can be used as a benchmark. When working in social care, to be effective and to provide the best possible service for those you support, you need to be able to think about and evaluate what you do and the way you work, and to identify your strengths and weaknesses.

2.2 Prioritise development goals and targets to meet expected standards annual PDP should be derived from...